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U.S. bishops to gather for seven days of prayer and reflection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholic bishops from across the United States will begin the new year taking part in a seven-day spiritual retreat at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago, January 2–8, 2019. Capuchin Friar Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, will direct the retreat on the theme “He appointed Twelve,…

Reform requires holiness, USCCB president says in closing remarks

BALTIMORE – On the final day of the public sessions of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fall General Assembly, November 14, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the USCCB, delivered the following remarks, according to a USCCB press release:

U.S. bishops approve pastoral letter against racism

BALTIMORE – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a formal statement against racism Wednesday, November 14, during its Fall General Assembly. The pastoral letter, entitled “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love,” was approved by a two-thirds majority vote of 241-3 with one abstention.

Reporting hotline for complaints against bishops debated at USCCB meeting

BALTIMOREBALTIMORE - e –BALTIMORE – A third-party complaint hotline could solve a major problem in the church when it comes to reporting abuse — namely, that there is currently no procedure in place for filing complaints against bishops, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said at the USCCB meeting Tuesday.